ERIN MCALLISTER - FULL CIRCLE
Apr
7
to May 5

ERIN MCALLISTER - FULL CIRCLE

Jen Mauldin Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Full Circle, by Erin McAllister.  A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, April 7th, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The exhibition continues through May 5th, 2018.

Erin’s life has come Full Circle, thus the title of her show. By exploring the roots of what brings value and happiness in her own life, she asks that her viewers explore their own relationships with the people and objects that surround them through her work.

Textiles and fibers are among the oldest and most valued materials in the world. They are what we are immediately wrapped in upon birth, and what we’re buried in upon death. In her work, Erin McAllister explores the relationship of threads manipulated, multiplied and arranged to form fabric and how she relates this to the connectivity threading through life. Her work is often influenced by the unpredictability of relationships between people. She uses colors and overlapping patterns to mimic interpersonal experiences and memories. Erin arranges various fabrics, leathers and other textiles as a study of the connections between color, space and negative space. Her fabrics are held together using either a colored thread of a “temperamental,” easily breakable quality, or a black upholstery thread so strong it’s used to bind leather.

Erin’s work began in 2006 and continues to evolve as an intuitive process. No two of her pieces are alike, nor are they able to be replicated. Her earlier work was largely influenced by human sexuality and gender-representational colors, and it featured a lot of circles generously spaced out with the circles never overlapping. Instead, lines connected the circles and often linked together multiple works specifically arranged on a wall. Over time, she began paying more attention to the the relationships of color, space and line and the creation of unique colors by overlapping materials. She continues to use this method and has began slowly incorporating lines of fabric and interesting shapes. Additionally, her recent grid paper drawings began with a meditative sketch on the back of a receipt, as the same repetitive process used in stitching coexists in this new medium. Her meditative process of interconnecting lines is Erin’s attempt to form impeccably consistent and arranged squares without the use of a ruler or guide. The result is a fluid, deconstructed grid built by meticulous hand-eye coordination. As with the common “thread” running through her art, Erin sees life as a journey in search of connectivity and purpose in an ever-changing environment.

McAllister was born in Anaheim, California.  She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fiber and Textile Art and Design from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2006.  McAllister has been included in regional and national exhibitions such as; San Francisco MOMA, Sacremento,CA (2009), Opie Gallery, Kansas City (2008) and published in Juxtapoz Magazine, Fiber as Genome (2009).  McAllister has received the pARTnership Awards Featured Artist with Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City (2008 - 2009) and has been Artist in Residence at Illiterate Studio Residency, Denver, CO (2007).

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ANN CHISHOLM - IMAGE AS LANGUAGE
Apr
28
to May 26

ANN CHISHOLM - IMAGE AS LANGUAGE

Jen Mauldin Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of Image as Language, by Ann Chisholm.  A reception for the artists will be held Saturday, April 28th, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  The exhibition continues through May 26th, 2018.

Ann Chisholm’s show Image as Language features a collection of her intellectually stimulating, visually unconventional work inspired by communication and numerology.

The method to Ann Chisholm’s madness (so to speak) is as intricate and compelling as the art itself. Her work is predominately guided by her eccentric interests and, often, by concepts that perplex her. It’s as though the challenge of deciphering the subjects that captivate her fuels her passion to keep working… and keep working, she does. As any artist of any medium will tell you they should, Ann spends time working on her craft every single day… whether or not she’s feeling especially motivated or inspired.
Communication and numerology are predominant themes throughout Ann’s work. Her use of words, numbers, and symbols provides visual hints to the deeper meaning within each piece. Morse Code and hieroglyphics are elements in many of her works as they geometrically and intellectually add beauty to the work. The notion of universal modes of communication fascinates her, not to mention it uniquely challenges each viewer. What she’s trying to convey may be encrypted or it may be gibberish, and in the same way, her inspiration and methods are somehow all at once scientific and nonsensical. Ann’s hope for her art is that the viewer will have as contemplative an experience interpreting it as she did creating it.
Most of her work is made up of multiple canvases or panels and layers upon layers of paint and/or ink. Even the specific number of objects and layers of material used to make up a single piece is intentional and lends to the meaning behind it. The sides and width of the canvas or panel are equally as important elements of each piece, many of which are framed or lined in gold paper or gold leaf, which gives the pieces their own aura or glow. Her works derive a three-dimensional effect that is entirely unique to Ann Chisholm. Ann’s upcoming exhibit, Image as Language, will showcase yet another collection of her mind-bending, extraordinary work, which will be unlike anything viewers new to her style have seen before.
Ann was born in Boston, MA. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art History from the University of Texas in Austin and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Florida. Ann recently moved to Dallas having spent the last 25-plus years in New York City. In New York, she worked for 10 years for the literary publisher Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. She counts this experience as a major influence in her art as well as her reading life. She organized and curated two solo shows at the Yasher Gallery in Brooklyn and has participated in several group shows in Brooklyn. Her work has been featured in The Periphery, Left Bank Art Blog, and Bushwick Daily. This is her first solo show in a commercial gallery.

 

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JUNE COVINGTON - OVERCAST: SMALL WORKS ABOUT THE SKY
May
12
to Jun 16

JUNE COVINGTON - OVERCAST: SMALL WORKS ABOUT THE SKY

The sky seems to reach further in Texas, and the Southwest, than it does anywhere else. It is changing every moment. Sometimes, the clouds first form a mountain range and in the next moment, a light-filled cavern. Even on a seemingly cloudless day there are subtle shifts in color as the moisture rises from the earth. 

This series is made up of fleeting glimpses of all kinds weather translated into tapestry. I have attempted to respond to the constant, subtle moments of transition using  wool and silk in natural hues or dyed with indigo. 

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CAROLINE OLIVER - RAINBOW ROADS
Mar
24
to Apr 21

CAROLINE OLIVER - RAINBOW ROADS

In Rainbow Road, Caroline Oliver explores humanity’s desire for something greater yet ultimately intangible. Just as rainbows can be chased but never caught.

Caroline Oliver is a contemplative, passionate artist who strives to never stop growing, both personally and artistically. For her Rainbow Road series, she explores the notion of longing for something more. In C.S. Lewis’ sermon, The Weight of Glory , he touches on this very subject. “...the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness… it is a desire for
something that has never actually appeared in our experience, (yet,) our experience is constantly suggesting it… the beauty, the memory of our own past, are good images of what we really desire… for they are not the thing itself; they are only the scent of a flower we have not found, the echo of a tune we have not heard, news from a country we have never yet visited.” Lewis’ perspective inspired Caroline to wonder, “Why is it that when
we experience something good, our soul aches for so much more? To grab onto peace and pleasure to a degree that we've never known and finally be right in the middle of what makes our hearts explode? Why is it that as soon as we realize the greatness of a moment, that moment is gone?” Conceptually, this brought Caroline to rainbows.

“I’ve loved rainbows literally since I was a toddler and could keep memories,” she says. The title references her painting style, which features vertical, horizontal and curving lines as well as pastel, neon and saturated “rainbow spectrum palettes.” The passage from C.S. Lewis addresses Caroline’s mindset as she’s grown over the years—to acknowledge this longing and learn to recognize what it is. She believes we all have this deep longing and can’t ever fully grasp what we’re really yearning for. Because Caroline’s faith teaches that this isn’t
our true Home, all of these good, pure things we love here on earth are just a shimmer of what’s to come when we’re at Home with our Savior. And rainbows are a perfect visual representation of this… as prisms, they are real but cannot be grasped. They are shimmering reflections of Light.

 

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COURTNEY MILES - 'COURTNEY: LOVE'
Mar
24
to Apr 21

COURTNEY MILES - 'COURTNEY: LOVE'

In her new work Courtney: Love, Courtney captures the look of a person thinking about someone they love. In this series of oil paintings on paper, she isolates the subject’s face against an unpainted background because she likes the way the three-dimensional subject looks and feels against the clean paper. This collection features members of her own family sharing private and intimate emotions. She hopes that the public will feel warm and fuzzy engaging these contemporary portraits.

Courtney lives and works in Dallas, TX. She received her BFA from Texas Christian University and her MA and MFA from The University of Dallas. She was an Artist-in-Resident at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas and a three-time Hunting Art Prize Finalist.

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Courtney Nicole Googe - 'SPIN' “Proposed Master of Fine Art in Art Thesis Exhibition”
Feb
24
to Mar 18

Courtney Nicole Googe - 'SPIN' “Proposed Master of Fine Art in Art Thesis Exhibition”

Courtney Nicole Googe - 'Spin'
[Proposed] Master of Fine Art in Art - Thesis Exhibition - University of Dallas - 2018 Opening Reception - February 24, 2018 - 2pm - 6pm
Closing Reception & Artist Talk - March 18th, 2018 - 1pm - 3pm

Courtney Nicole's Spin showcases a body of work based on her subconscious response to life's unexpected moments – the inevitable psychological transformation that follows a sudden realization. Using imaginative dream-like imagery, she translates these times of uncertainty and transition by using the spiral or “spin" to represent the movement between these moments.

In true surrealist fashion, she attempts to subtly connect the worlds of reality and fantasy through photographic images of real places overlaid with automatic drawing and collage which consider the realms of dream and imagination. This connection is more integrated in the presentation – there is no glass barrier between the image and the viewer, as the surreal image projects into actual space as an real object.

Science fiction, fantasy, circus, and carnivalesque themes inspire Courtney’s autobiographical surreal illustrations, which she constructs using both traditional printmaking techniques and digital applications. She combines salvaged materials, various papers, charcoal, paint, and ink to create both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional works. In addition to studio art, Courtney has some background in ancient art history, basic Arabic, aerial dance, culinary arts, fencing, marine biology, and museum practices.

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HOBBES VINCENT - 'At the Circus'
Dec
1
to Feb 17

HOBBES VINCENT - 'At the Circus'

Hobbes Vincent, the enigmatic sculptor who is rarely seen without a mischievous grin and a tall tale on his lips, premiers a collection of new works at Jen Mauldin Gallery on December 1. At the Circus will be Hobbes first headlining show at the gallery and will feature extraordinary works of surrealist whimsy and imagination. And don’t let the title of the show fool you… come fully expecting the unexpected as neither Hobbes nor his work will ever fit into any mold but their own. The “Circus” could just as easily reference the artist’s mindset at the time of creation as it could a dream he had one night when he was 12 years old. Suffice it to say, with his stunning attention to detail and eccentric imagination, Hobbes’ work is certain to leave you in awe.

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KELLY CLEMONS - "Fire & Peace"
Oct
21
to Nov 10

KELLY CLEMONS - "Fire & Peace"

Fire and Peace: an Observation of Anger Through the Lens of Nature is an exhibition by Dallas-based artist Kelly Clemons. For this exhibition, Kelly has created mixed-media installations that combine elements of nature with porcelain to portray a journey of embracing her anger as a behavior that could be better understood when viewing it through the lens of self-preservation or even basic instinct. She hopes to break away her bindings of understanding anger as purely an emotion and strives to embrace it as an integral part of her nature that can be expressed both positively and negatively. Kelly identifies with nature’s ability to be fully unaware of it’s seemingly violent behavior, but not in the sense that she ignores her anger. Instead, she wants to comprehend her anger as something native; something that must be accepted and even celebrated before it can be harnessed. The Roman Philosopher Boethius once said, “In other living creatures the ignorance of themselves is nature, but in men it is a vice.” Observing the “ignorance” of nature in regards to anger and portraying that ignorance as beauty and peace is a large element of this exhibition. However, Kelly ultimately strives for this exhibition to reveal her on-going identification with anger as moving from struggle to acceptance, from fire to peace. 

 

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HAYLEE RYAN & DANNY ROSE
Sep
9
to Oct 14

HAYLEE RYAN & DANNY ROSE

ELSEWHERE

Jen Mauldin Gallery’s first fall exhibition features Elsewhere, a dual exhibition by artists Danny Rose and Haylee Ryan. The opening reception will take place in presence of the artists on Saturday, September 9 from 6 – 10 pm.  The exhibition is on view through October 14, 2017.

Travel is an important part of Rose’s creative process and keeps him connected to the colors and shapes he observes in nature and existence. His work is driven by the magic and mystery found in the changing landscapes he’s experienced through his travels. Rose’s collection for Elsewhere elucidates the dynamics he sees in places, both real and imagined, residing in the refuge of his mind. To bring his vision to life for his audience, Rose’s  paintings emerge through a form of automatic drawing and painting. This process enables Rose to pull shapes into being, from a subconscious level. “As I paint, I allow shapes and colors to evolve, keeping an openness to change.” Rose is constantly seeking beauty, understanding and originality, and his art provides him an expressive way to explore these concepts both privately and anthropologically.

Ryan’s fascination with humankind and her intrinsic inclination to see beauty in every face and every body has gifted her with the rare ability to paint people vibrantly and provocatively. For Elsewhere, her focus is on the body and the undulating colors of the skin in light and shadow. The dancing hues are so luminous, you can almost feel the heat of the sun and the coolness of dusk. Ryan is fascinated by the coexistence of abstract and realism; thus, for this collection she has isolated the backgrounds into color blocks and blurred the personage of her subjects to juxtapose the realism of the bodies thereby drawing the viewer’s attention away from identity and directly to the figure. As with her portraiture, Ryan’s work for Elsewhere is stunning in its intriguing exploration of the intricacies of the human form.

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Artist Reception: CARA MIA, ALMA MIA by Turk
Jun
10
to Jun 30

Artist Reception: CARA MIA, ALMA MIA by Turk

Turk believes that no personal story can be told without mentioning 'others'. Every single person in our lives, whether it's a serendipitous encounter or a lifetime partnership, is an aspect of our true selves. The degree of acceptance, honesty, emotion, compatibility and depth in those relationships may be used as a tool to ultimately find one's purpose in life.

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ARTIST RECEPTION: COURTNEY MILES
May
6
to Jun 3

ARTIST RECEPTION: COURTNEY MILES

Courtney Miles’ artwork observes all of us through the lens of our society’s obsessive hyperawareness.  This obsession fascinates her so much that for over a decade, Courtney — through her hedonistic, materialistic alter-ego Neon Courtney – has been incorporating the notions of social identity and the cult of fame into her art.

Courtney’s glamorously mundane self-portraits (the series pre-dates the “selfie”) require the audience to face the meaning of vanity and ask: Which parts of us are really real?  Beyond the canvas, Courtney further blurs the line with photography, video, performance and neon lights.

Courtney lives and works in Dallas, TX.  She received her BFA from Texas Christian University and her MA and MFA from The University of Dallas.  She was an Artist-in-Resident at The Fairmont Hotel in Dallas and a three-time Hunting Art Prize Finalist.

 

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Artist Talk - Shoby Modjarrad
Apr
20
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Talk - Shoby Modjarrad

Shoby Modjarrad deeply values the beauty that exists all around her and is increasingly mindful of her impact on nature and the environment. As an artist, she invites her audience to see the world through her discerning eyes. Her love for the colors and details in nature serves as a constant teacher and perhaps most heavily influences what and how she chooses to create. Yet, there is another aspect to her process that is unapologetically shaped by several years of experience in architecture.

Her first developing series—called 1DAY—which is heavily influenced by her awareness of our impact on the environment and her love of nature, is based on post-consumer goods and objects and calls attention to the waste of one individual in One Day. She is acutely aware of the effects of consumer plastic on everything from our nation’s physical health to the world’s ecosystem.

“We’ve worked so hard to make our lives convenient and efficient; yet, we haven’t thought much past that... about the price that we will have to pay one day. I’ve realized that the price of convenience is lots and lots of PLASTIC; which exists in everyday products, from shipping containers, kid’s toys and kitchen appliances to car parts - the earth is getting full.”

 

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ARTIST RECEPTION: SHOBY MODJARRAD, 1DAY - SERIES II
Apr
1
to Apr 30

ARTIST RECEPTION: SHOBY MODJARRAD, 1DAY - SERIES II

1 DAY is based on a series of small hand-crafted drawings, based on the objects that we encounter on a daily basis. Shoby has distorted the size and perspective of these objects as to create a unique point of view because their impact is much larger than meets the eye, so it’s necessary to shift our perspective while looking at these objects. A vast amount of energy, thought, and engineering exists behind such innovations; yet we use them for a fraction of their lifetime. We have become so dependent on many of these items, if not all of them. In fact, they are nothing but disposable, everyday items to us. Imagine seven billion people using these plastic objects every day in the world. Even if some were being recycled, there is a lot of energy involved to incinerate those that can be melted and reused, most of these do not get recycled.

The pieces that make up this collection were gathered from the lakeside, off the street and out of her own usage. They are drawn as they were found.

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Artist Talk:  Kyle Steed
Mar
16
6:30 PM18:30

Artist Talk: Kyle Steed

Talking to Kyle about his work and his art inevitably involves more philosophy than technique. He is humble but not deprecatingly so… art is just something that makes sense to him. For as long as he can remember, Kyle has known his life would be one of creation and creativity. From breathtaking photographs of his beloved wife and daughters or an interesting light pattern fallen across a geometric surface to a mural welcoming Dallasites to the city’s illustrious Design District to a series of faded old photographs manipulated into colorful mysteries… art isn’t something he does… it’s who he is.

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Opening Reception:  KYLE STEED - "Connected // Disconnected"
Mar
4
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Reception: KYLE STEED - "Connected // Disconnected"

Growing isn't always an upward trajectory. Sometimes, or rather most times, true growth feels a lot like falling, sinking, shrinking, and even dying.

In order to grow outward we must first start, and dig, inward. Down, down, down. Remembering memories. Feeling our feelings. Allowing everything to belong in perfect harmony.

For me, the stark contrast of black on natural canvas expresses the strong religious bias/immaturity that I have experienced growing up in the South. The negative space binds and fills in the gaps just like our silence and apathy fills up our garages and homes with stuff. While the black doesn't have to force itself on you, only presents itself as what it is. So in a way I feel exploring my own inner sanctuary allows me to connect my past with my present in a way that feels confusing and frustrating and beautiful and redeeming. Connected and disconnected.

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Artist Talk:  Paxton Maroney - "REVERIE"
Feb
16
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk: Paxton Maroney - "REVERIE"

Paxton Maroney’s surreal photography invites the outside world to step inside
snapshots of her dreams. For several years, she has woken up from vivid
dreams, often in the middle of the night, and drawn the images composed on
the backs of her eyelids. At times, she even engages in lucid dreaming
throughout the day as she’s “trained her brain” to create new chimera for her
portraiture. Then, when she has scouted out the perfect location, she begins
reconstructing the scenes of her subliminal imagination.


To Paxton, dreams aren’t so much stories as they are symbolic images that
tend to hold deep meaning for the dreamer. But don’t bother asking her what
her art means… she’d rather you step inside and find the meaning for yourself.

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